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I think in any discussion about boat speed the PHRF rating is a good tool. It's not perfect but it's better than guessing. I got the 218 for the W32 out of the NCPHRF Base Rating Report and I really doubt it is based on round the buoy race results for W32's. Whens the last time you saw a W32 campaigned in a round the buoys series? That's the only rating I cited. I did not take into account the "enjoyment" factor. I used the NCPHRF rating because their report lists the boats by type. It was convenient.
If you take the time to read my previous posts in this thread they were never about boat speed. I'm a Westsail fan and have defended them for years and recommended them to many potential buyers. I'm not sure anyone buys a W32 looking for boat speed.
There are a lot of ways to measure the enjoyment of a boat but I can't think of any that are objective and that's just fine. The love of sailing is anything but objective.
But if someone turns the subject to BS (call it "boat speed") then a little accuracy can't hurt. Reaching speeds are fun but upwind VMG's are also important.
As for "does it matter if it takes 14 or 16 days" I would think that would depend upon the weather for those extra two days and how the food was holding out.
I should know better than to get into a Westsail debate.
I think I'll go over to the hi-fi sites and get involved with a tubes vs transistors argument. I like tubes but I cover both bases by having two systems, one tube powered and one solid state. Want to argue about it? There are reams of numbers proving that SS is better than tubes but in the end the preference is subjective, i.e. individual ears, and the numbers only tell a small part of the audio story.
Kind of like boats.
Last edited by bobperry; 10-07-2011 at 08:24 PM.